Prime Minister Stephen Harper reportedly 'fired back' snappily at President Obama's latest plan to charge Canadian visitors by air or sea a $5.50 "inspection fee".
Who thought up that tempest in a teapot? We must wonder how long it took Mr. Harper and Mr. Obama to cobble that brilliant idea together after lunch in an effort to manufacture a distraction from the huge corporate "security merger" recently announced that will, in the long run, give away sovereignty of perhaps 400 million people, but benefit only corporations, their activity and profitability.
We might be too busy rolling on the floor laughing like lunatics to understand the indignation and "significance" of an "inspection fee" -- "Your privates are hereby inspected, Madame, pay the $5.50" , or equally, we could be hungry as we await that fine bag of inter-flight peanuts. Maybe we're just day-dreaming about warmer climes in the annual fit of Canadian cabin-fever as we shiver in February, huddled in igloos and quaint log cabins, waiting for the sun to shine kindly upon us. Perhaps we are waiting for directions to Nirvana.
Do we really believe Prime Minister Harper is indignant about this "fee", as he quaintly suggests there are better ways for the "extremely somewhat" distraught US economy to raise money? Make no mistake about it, the US economy needs help and guidance too, after spending all of it's sauce, energy and goodies on endless warfare. The US economy offers it's sweating taxpayers an annual deficit of a TRILLION dollars or more.
But does anyone, Canadian or American alike, really think that --$5.50 per visit, although admittedly being totally annoying and somewhat idiotic, is really going to help with the ballooning US deficit? There are about 16,000,000 Canadians flying into the US annually, and at $5.50 per, that translates to a "inspection fee" of about $88,000,000 dollars. Not exactly chump change, and yes, we must admit, annoying, but why bother with trivial details? The paltry sum of $ 88 million is not much after all, since we wasted more than 1 Billion dollars on fake lakes, snacks and security for the G20 leader's summit held in Toronto. Perhaps we must show solidarity with US citizens.... after all, we're Canadian. We're nice.
Lovely--so let us all agreeably get on the bandwagon and share the Prime Minister's rousing objections for a moment while we're at it, show how much we love our Prime Minister, national unity and all that, and not complain too loudly.
Perhaps we should even be mature and creative and contemplative instead of overly critical.
We could gently put Michael Ignatieff's Liberals in charge of the State of Canada instead, since that election choice would avoid the necessity of fabricating further stories, or doing anything other than being "politically correct" when our largest neighbour wants to arbitrarily tax members of the traveling public every time they want to cross the border. That includes penalizing little old grandmothers wanting to go south to see their grandchildren and who must fly, because they cannot drive. It includes the children themselves. $5.50 per.
As an aside, for Iggy, here's a sure opportunity to overthrow the minority Conservative government, how about arguing the Canada Charter of Rights and Freedoms which insists that all Canadians be treated equally in the handling of this issue? Iggy could use that argument to advantage and win feel-good points with Barack at the same time, tax all travelers, get greater income for the bankrupt US treasury, and achieve "fee equality" for Canadians all. Regardless, it all ends up in Corporate piggy-banks anyway.
How about that? There's a win-win. Of course we know that the Bloc Quebequois would find some devious way to blackmail away their share of the plunder to hire more language police and further the separation of Quebec. No matter. " We are the Borg, resistance is futile, you shall be assimilated" comes to mind.
Let us return to the subject at hand and be candid; in the meantime, Big Corporate Trucks hauling Big Corporate Profits and unknown goods will still travel across the "border", for "security" purposes virtually without inspection, and special security-card holders will have special lines to zip through unhindered and uninspected with great speed. Hundreds of thousands of shipping containers will continue to arrive unexpected and without inspection annually, and thousands of aliens from Mexico and shiploads of refugees from other countries will continue to enter both countries illegally, but to be politically correct, we don't want to pay any attention to those trifling details, we'll distract ourselves and seek happiness by applying Obama's "$5.50 security inspection fee instead.
Will that be $5.50 USD or Canuckbucks, President Obama?
We also plead guilty, we forgot to point out it is ludicrous to charge only people entering by "air or sea" while conveniently ignoring where the REAL dollars are...the average poor Joe taxpayer and single moms that drive across the border on 15-year-old wheels every day in hoards to shop incessantly for shoddy Chinese goods so they can pay duty on them at the border of Free Trading countries which are merging economically. Why not screw them some more in the process too, boys? Venerable leaders, are you not missing a goldmine of potential income by overlooking poor people on wheels?
Either way, the REAL point is, drive, sail or fly, we must admire how clever, manufactured and smelly red herrings are dropped in front of the unsuspecting North American public to distract them from the real issues of the day, like that previous announcement of a merged security agreement between Canada and the U.S. and the resulting "new border" which voluntarily and arbitrarily gives away sovereignty of both Canadians and Americans without so much as a vote, referendum, or chat over a double-double with frosted doughnut at Timmy's.
Who said Canadians want to share a security arrangement? Who said Americans wish to agree to such an arrangement? Don't ask, because we don't know when the dialogue was held. We don't know where the dialogue was held. We don't know IF a dialogue was held.
The fact is, most sadly, Corporate North America has decided such agreements should take place in confidential meetings, undoubtedly with all the perks at taxpayer expense,,, and therefore as the official talking heads, President Obama and Prime Minister Harper, with the help of minions all, must quickly make it so.
Isn't that the way democracy works? All Egyptians know " we support democracy" , after all. We don't really practice it, but we support it.
Readers of Incoming BYTES are encouraged to think for themselves. A few good questions to start with might be " why would we need "security inspections and fees" at all if the new, unified, merged border that gives away our sovereignty is so effective and "necessary" ? -- and of course.... "Is the flying public already not taxed enough for the existing security arrangements at airports that include invasive body searches, X-rays of the physical privates of free, innocent persons, and endless lineups for the privilege of being body searched, X-rayed, and endlessly lined up?
Good questions, but no matter, we're distracted by the red herrings, and suffering from cabin fever WE do hope, however, that someone has answers, especially with a Federal Election coming up.